Rear Facing Front Passenger Seat


#1

Has there ever been an American car with a rear facing front passenger seat option?


#2

Yes, might have been a concept vehicle. Cadillac had an executive sedan, the front passenger seat faced backwards. It was for the secretary so he/she could face the boss.


#3

The 1967 Imperial also had a mobile office option where the front passenger seat swiveled 180° so the secretary could take dictation from her boss in the back seat.


#4

This was very common in conversion vans until conversion vans fell out of favor in the 2000’s. The passenger seat and mid-row captain’s chairs would be mounted on a swivel that could spin however you wanted.


#5

The 1947 Kaiser Pinconning Special sedan had such a feature. Unfortunately, because this was a one-off built for a factory executive, Kaiser never produced such a vehicle for the masses.

Just one more example of the creative ideas that frequently came from the independent automakers…


#6

“The passenger seat and mid-row captain’s chairs would be mounted on a swivel that could spin however you wanted.”

And the driver’s seat, too, for when you’re stopped (I hope!).


#7

Depends on the era. If I recall, the driver’s seat eventually became fixed for safety reasons, but the others could still swivel.